In Texas, “dating violence” is defined as an act by an individual that is against another individual with whom that person has or has had a dating relationship and that is intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, assault or sexual assault, or that is a threat that reasonably places the individual in fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury, assault or sexual assault, but does not include defensive measures to protect oneself.
(Like domestic violence, dating violence typically includes a pattern of hurtful and controlling behaviors such as physical abuse (hitting, slapping, destroying property, driving fast to scare you), psychological/emotional abuse (yelling, name-calling, put-downs, threats), sexual abuse (forcing or coercing sex, unwanted sex acts, exposure to pornography) and stalking (following, calling or texting repeatedly, monitoring activity), which can occur in person and/or online.
Email [email protected] all the details for the contest here. Check out the official Respect Week Toolkit or join the Love Is Not Abuse Coalition!
In any relationship, you have a right to: If you’re concerned that your rights or the rights of someone you care about are not being respected, call the WCA Hotline 208.343.7025 or contact the National Dating Abuse Helpline (call 1.866.331.9474 or text “loveis” to 22522).
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Dating abuse has long-term repercussions too, from higher risk of teen pregnancy and STDs to depression, eating disorders, and future domestic abuse. Talking about healthy relationships and dating abuse can help break the cycle of violence and stop abuse before it begins.
Each February, Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month highlights these issues through a number of events and programs across the country.